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The Man fled hospital naked, attacked a homeowner with a hammer

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. – Police say a Massachusetts man fled naked from a hospital, broke into a nearby house and attacked the occupant with a hammer.

Newburyport Police say the 26-year-old Robert Girard, of Amesbury, fled Thursday night from Anna Jaques Hospital after removing his IVs and GPS monitoring bracelet. Officers found him after a resident living near the hospital reported a man broke into her house and attacked her partner with a hammer.

The victim, a 50-year-old man, was treated at the hospital and released Friday. Police are not disclosing his name or the extent of his injuries.

Girard pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and aggravated burglary at his arraignment Friday. He was held without bail and will appear before the court again sometime next week.

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